cocktails

Blueberry Mojito

 

Blueberry Mojito

Cheers to the weekend! If you don’t grow mint in your garden, you really should. Yes, it can be invasive, but it’s a small price to pay for having such an important cocktail ingredient readily available. My mint has been taking off like crazy this year and so I knew it was time to harvest some of it to whip up some mojitos. Checking the fridge to see what other ingredients I had on hand, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that blueberries were still available. Usually my son devours them within minutes of me unpacking the groceries. It’s an expensive habit that he’s developed. Time for him to get a job. He’ll be three this year, after all.

So here’s your Fruity Friday Cocktail for this week (if you missed last week’s Pineapple Mule, you can check it out here).

Blueberry Mojito
serves 1 (you’ll probably make more)

Blueberry Mojito


1 handful of fresh blueberries
1 sprig of mint
1 oz. lime juice
2 1/2 tsp sugar
2 oz. white rum
2 oz. club soda
ice

Muddle the blueberries with the mint, lime juice and sugar.

Add the rum and stir to combine. Pour over top of ice in cocktail glass. Top with club soda. Stir gently.

Enjoy!!

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Pineapple Mule Cocktail

Pineapple Moscow Mule, Pineapple vodka
We spent Spring Break in sunny and exotic Cincinnati, Ohio. (I kid, I kid). Cinci is actually a pretty cool town. My favorite spots? The zoo, Jungle Jim’s (a MASSIVE grocery store full of hard-to-find international products), and the Yard House (it’s a chain, but my first time eating there). The best thing about the Yard House was their extensive cocktail list. My husband and I love, love, love trying (and crafting) new cocktails (I’d call it a hobby…), so we studied and took notes on the YH cocktail list like there was going to be a test later. My husband ordered a Pineapple Mule – delicious. We knew we had to try it at home.

Pineapple Mule

1 1/2 oz. pineapple vodka (we used New Amsterdam)
5 oz. alcoholic ginger beer (we used Crabbie’s)*
1/2 oz. lime juice
2-3 pineapple chunks
2 sprigs of mint
ice

We approached this a little like a mojito. Muddle one sprig of mint, pineapple and lime juice together in a copper mug. Add ice and pour in vodka. Stir gently. Pour in ginger beer and stir again. Garnish with mint. Cheers to the weekend!

*You can use nonalcoholic ginger beer (alcoholic may be harder to find, depending on where you live). If you use nonalcoholic, increase vodka by 1/2 to 1 ounce, depending on taste
Pineapple Moscow Mule, Pineapple Vodka

Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup

I am officially a citrus farmer. I just harvested 4 good-sized lemons from my Meyer lemon tree! This is my second attempt at citrus farming, so I’m pretty excited that I finally had some success. Since so many of my favorite cocktails contain lemon juice and simple syrup, I knew right away that I wanted to make a simple syrup with my harvest.

These syrup walks the line between acidic and sweet. I love it and am so looking forward to trying it in a Bee’s Knees, a Cherry Gin Sour, and even the Vermont 75. This would be another awesome holiday gift for neighbors and friends (regardless of whether you grow the lemons yourself or buy them from the store!!)


Ingredients 

2 large Meyer lemons
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water

Directions

Cut peels off lemons, being careful to avoid the white pith.

Juice the lemons when finished.

Pour water into small saucepan with the peel, add in sugar and lemon juice.

Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Simmer for about 10 minutes, then turn off heat. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes, and then pour into jar or glass bottle.

Stay tuned for a new cocktail recipe this Friday using this magical syrup …

Lavender & St Germain Martini

lavender st germain martini

File this one under “classy”. The addition of lavender makes this cocktail both special and pretty, especially if your lavender is flowering (unfortunately it’s fall right now and my lavender is without its beautiful purple flowers).

It’s tart, and not too sweet and tastes a lot like grapefruit, thanks to the addition of one of Beckham + Belle’s favorite cocktail ingredients – St Germain. Here’s how it’s done.

Lavender & St Germain Martini







































Ingredients

1.5 oz. gin
1 oz. St Germain
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 sprig of lavender for shaking and 1 for garnish

Directions


Place all ingredients (except for second sprig of lavender) with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with that second sprig of lavender.

Cheers!